College enters new plans
EAST Riding College is launching a fresh bid for a housing development at its Beverley site to help fund a new campus.
Plans for a £14m college were put in jeopardy when East Riding Council rejected proposals for housing on the existing site.
The college needs to sell off its Gallows Lane site to help fund a new campus at Flemingate.
But the council's planning committee rejected plans for 36 homes because the Gallows Lane access is single-track and there would be no on-site affordable housing.
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Now, the college has resubmitted its plans, as well as lodging an appeal.
Ward councillor Irene Charis will urge the planning committee to approve the scheme next month.
Cllr Charis, who is not on the planning committee, said: "I couldn't believe it when it didn't get passed in January, I was so shocked.
"It seemed like a no-brainer."
The college, which has been planning a new campus for eight years, already has grants lined up, including £2m from the Skills Funding Agency and £1.3m European funding.
But the college, which had hoped to start building a new campus in Flemingate this spring, now risks losing the grants.
Cllr Charis said: "They have this cash lined up but it is time-limited, they have to move fast. It's important we get behind the college."
Access problems saw the housing plans rejected
But Cllr Charis said: "There's a lot more cars and footfall for the college than there would be for 36 houses.
"These plans would make it better for everyone.
"It's a win-win situation."